It seems like much of the new technology I use these days it to make traveling better. Verizon’s MiFi does that pretty well.
I was getting ready to head out with a car full on a two day drive to a Thanksgiving family reunion. I though it would be nice to have Internet connectivity in the car. One of my colleagues had sent me an article several months ago Verizon’s MiFi device that provides a mobile hot spot. This seemed like a good time to give it a try.
Went to the Verizon store and after a little wait, I headed home with a small box that was supposed to provide a wireless Internet hot spot for 5 connections in the car while it headed down the road at 70 mph. I opened it up, connected it to my laptop’s USB port to initialize it. It installed some software and I clicked on activate and is was ready to go. Pretty easy. So I had my wife grab here laptop and we drove to get some ice cream while she connected to the internet to test it out. She got connection and was on Facebook posting about my new toy.
The device is about the size of a credit card, but a little thicker. You just turn it on and works. The password for the secure WiFi network it creates is printed on the back. They have two data plans, I got the 5G a month plan. Who knows how muchdata transfer you need when you have a car load of lap tops and several days of driving.
Now for the big test – Three lap tops and a two day road trip – one way. All I can say is that it worked great. I am connected now as I write this post. Everyone could connect. The connection seem faster than I expected – didn’t seem much slower than being connected via my cable modem at home (I didn’t try in big uploads or downloads). I did the get car charger for the the MiFi since I knew it would get used just about the whole trip. I did notice that the battery was supposed to last 4 hours (that is what I remember from the little reading I did) but it seems to only last about two hours.
So now my wife can post on FaceBook and tend to her farm, my sons can play their online games, and my daughter and I can update our blogs. Now we just need someone to drive!
Do you have moble wireless access for your laptop? How does it work for you?